Said the homeowner:
Our Patriot Garden pays for all of its costs in healthy food and lifestyle while having the lowest possible carbon footprint. It supplies valuable food while being attractive. I really do not understand why there is even a discussion. They will take our house before they take our Patriot Garden.
It is beyond absurd a city would make it illegal to grow food in one’s own yard. Even if the garden weren’t attractive — which it is — there is just no good argument (let alone moral basis) for this ridiculous rule.
Perhaps the most telling data concerns the racial makeup of who goes to prison for gun violations. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, for Fiscal Year 2011, 49.6% of those sentenced to federal incarceration with a primary offense of firearms violations were black, 20.6% were Hispanic, and only 27.5% were white.
This is how gun laws actually work—those caught violating them go to prison. For the mere act of owning an illegal weapon—not necessarily for using it, not for threatening anyone with it, not for being irresponsible with it—people who have harmed no one are locked up in prison for years at a time. As with the rest of the criminal justice system, particularly the war on drugs, these laws disproportionately harm the poor and minorities. That is the inescapable reality of gun control.
It makes sense that blacks and others living in the inner city would rely more on private, illegal guns for self-defense. The police are unreliable at best in many of these communities. It also makes sense that minorities would be disproportionately hurt by these laws, because so many of the dynamics in play are the same as with the drug war—people are being punished for what they own, rather than what they have done to others; it is easier for police to go after those in poor neighborhoods than to search middle-class folks in nice neighborhoods; jurors approved by prosecutors tend to believe police testimony over the word of minority defendants; prosecutors tend to use discretion in possession crime cases that fall more painfully on the disenfranchised; public defenders offer inadequate services for those loads of court-appointed clients, and so forth.
Ok, after reading over ALL of my crim procedure cases, here is my ultimate gratis advice as all of your future (hopefully, never) lawyers:
drugs or other incriminating evidence
in your car
(or on you)
and a cop asks you if he can search it (or you)
DO NOT SAY YES.
I mean don’t say HELL NO MOTHEFUCKER FUCK THE POLICE because that would be a suspicious answer which might give him reasonable suspicion to actual search it without your consent
BUT DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH.
This also applies if you have no drugs. Or if your car is completely empty. Basically, don’t agree to let the police look in your car or on your person.
Especially if you live in a state with civil asset forfeiture and would like to keep your stuff.
Another repulsive example of cops shooting dogs for no good reason. For the most part, they can do this without fear of repercussions.
If a police officer smashed a statue on your front lawn without good reason, he could be cited for destruction of property. It’s time for stronger statutes and ordinances protecting domestic companion animals.